Perez defends Real transfers

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has defended his club's transfer policy after criticism followed the sale of Angel di Maria to Manchester United.

Last Updated: 05/09/14 at 14:09 Post Comment

Latest Articles

England goalkeeper Tom Heaton signs new Burnley deal

Post comment

England goalkeeper Tom Heaton has committed his future to Burnley by signing a new contract until June 2018.

Wolfsburg warn Newcastle that Bas Dost will cost them club record fee

1 comments

Wolfsburg have moved to sway Newcastle away from a move for Bas Dost by claiming the striker would command a fee around the £29million mark.

All Articles

Angel di Maria: Real Madrid have been cr

Angel di Maria: Real Madrid have been cr

The European champions sold Di Maria to United last month in a £59.7million deal - a British transfer record.

Madrid also sold Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich, much to the disappointment of Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently voiced his discontent and questioned Perez's decisions.

"I know Cristiano Ronaldo very well," Perez said in a press conference on Thursday. "Cristiano is the best player in the world and his loyalty to Madrid is unquestionable.

"I have listened to all the comments he made and as I know him, I know that he never questioned the club.

"My relationship with him is perfect, there are zero discrepancies.

"Cristiano is the best player in the world, it's obvious, and more so this year."

Perez revealed that Di Maria left Real no option but to sell him after the Argentina international had turned down an improved contract following his impressive 2013-14 campaign.

"I've been here since 2000," Perez said. "Since then a lot of players have come and gone and my experience tells me that the ones that leave are always the best and those that arrive are always questioned.

"My first (signing) was (Zinezine) Zidane and the last (before this summer's transfer market) was (Gareth) Bale.

"We made the best offer that we could to Di Maria and he didn't accept it.

"Hence, we brought in James (Rodriguez), one of the best players at the World Cup and the Golden Boot award winner.

"Di Maria and all of those that have left have our gratitude and respect.

"A player that is under contract and leaves is because he wants to.

"Real has always respected contracts.

"Di Maria had financial requests that I considered legitimate but we couldn't satisfy them.

"I reiterate that we made him the best possible offer.

"With the exception of Cristiano (Ronaldo), Di Maria would have been the highest paid at Real Madrid.

"Had we accepted his financial demands it would have created an unbalanced treatment that would have put the club's stability in danger.

"Di Maria left to Manchester for a fee that we considered fair and that is why the transfer was completed.

"We wish Di Maria the best professionally and personally."

Perez also spoke of Xabi Alonso's surprising move to Bayern.

"Xabi came to us and told us that he wanted to leave," he said. "He thought it was the best for him and for the club.

"Our relationship with Xabi is excellent and we accepted his proposal.

"Xabi is in the final stages of his sporting career and wants to manage it in this way.

"We understand it and we respect it."

Perez revealed that Real coach Carlo Ancelotti's opinion proved crucial in his club's decision not to sign Colombian star Radamel Falcao this summer.

Falcao was heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu stadium in the past few months but joined Manchester United on season-long loan from Monaco on Monday instead.

"We considered signing Falcao," Perez said. "But in this club we follow a sporting-economic equation which (former club president Santiago) Bernabeu taught us, and we decided not to do so.

"The coach's opinion was also important in us turning it down."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Marcos Rojo says Angel Di Maria is most talented Man Utd player

Marcos Rojo believes Angel Di Maria is the most talented player at Manchester United and has backed him to show that this season.

Sepp Blatter will not attend the Women's World Cup final

Sepp Blatter will not travel to Canada for the final of the women's World Cup on July 5 for personal reasons.

Manchester United's pre-season clash with San Jose moved

Manchester United's International Champions Cup game against San Jose has been moved.

Mail Box

Arsenal Only Need Two More (As Ever)

One Chelsea fan still doesn't see Arsenal as title contenders, plus we have thoughts on Petr Cech, Sergio Ramos, Heurelho Gomes, Paulinho and Arsenal Denilson...

Cech To Arsenal Has Been On The Cards For Years

We have happy Arsenal fans regarding their new goalkeeper, plus thoughts on Jose vs Arsene, transfer bulls**t, like-for-like Liverpool, WWC and population pedantry...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company